The 2012 Focus is powered by a 155-hp 2.0L DI Ti-VCT engine that is mated to a six-speed manual or a automatic transmission.
The base Focus 5-door starts at $16,270, but the four-door sedan starts at $17,995. According to the online configurator the well equipped models are going for around $20k. Ford is also offering a $500 Technology Rebate if you order your Focus by 2/28/2011.
Tesla has issued a voluntary safety recall that involves 439 Roadsters. The recall involves the 12v auxiliary cable that helps power various systems on the roadster like the headlamps, taillights, turn signals, etc. in the event tha tthe primary cable fails.
Tesla decided to issue the voluntary safety recall after one vehicle had an issue with the cable rubbing against the edge of a carbon fiber panel in the vehicle, which caused a short. The issue is isolated only to the 12v auxiliary cable and only 2.0 and 2.5 Roadsters have the cable.
Hyundai has decided to not produce a V6 version of the Sonata due to low sales of the last generation V6 Sonata. Instead Hyundai has decided to release something a bit more exciting in the form of the Sonata 2.0T, which is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine that puts out 274-hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers give the Sonata 2.0T more horsepower than its main V6 competitors including the Accord, Camry and Altima. Even better is the fact that the 2.0 turbo only requires 87 octane fuel.
Today Hyundai has announced the pricing for the 2011 Sonata 2.0T, which starts at $24,145 for the Sonata SE 2.0T and $27,045 for the Sonata Limited 2.0T.
Acura has already publicly announced that you won't be seeing a V8 or RWD being offered on any of its models anytime soon, but Acura may release two new models that could bring some excitement to the brand. In 2006 Acura discontinued the RSX (above) and a few years before that the CL coupe was dropped. Acura may return to both segments in the near future with a new compact car based on the next-gen Honda Civic and a coupe based on the TSX.
If Acura does decide to return to the compact segment the earliest we would see the model would be in the spring of 2012 as a 2013 model. For now the only new vehicle headed to Acura showrooms this fall is the TSX wagon.
The new Charger features a lower hoodline, lower sill and "race-car-like" flat underbody. It also has an aluminum hood and a front end that is more of an evolution of the last generation Charger. Outback the taillight design features 164 illuminating LEDs that form the "race track" design.
Under the hood of the new Charger buyers will have the choice between the 5.7L HEMI V8 and Chrysler's new 3.6L Pentastar V6. All-wheel-drive is also available on the R/T trim. The all-wheel-drive system also features a front-axle disconnect system that is supposed to improve fuel economy by up to 5 percent when all-wheel-drive is not needed.
The 2011 Dodge Charger will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2010.
Only 100 of the special edition Camaro convertibles are going to be built.
"Neiman Marcus provides a great platform to showcase the new Camaro Convertible," said Tom Peters, Chevrolet Design director. "And, it enabled us to create a special edition car that combines the powerful design and performance of the new Camaro with an element of exclusivity, craftsmanship and customized luxury."
Each of the Neiman Marcus Edition Camaro Convertibles will be painted in Deep Boerdeaux and be powered by the 6.2L V8 from the Camaro SS. Buyers can choose between the six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The special edition Camaro also gets 21-inch polished aluminum wheels, Bremo disc brakes, LED headlamps and a 245-watt Boston Acoustics sound system.
If you like what you see, hopefully you are ready to pay $75,000 for the Neiman Marcus Camaro Convertible.
Do you love the Cadillac CTS-V sedan and coupe, but need more cargo room? Well here it is, Cadillac has released the pricing for the 2011 CTS-V wagon that packs the same supercharged 556-hp 6.2L V8. The 2011 CTS-V wagon starts at $62,990.
"The Cadillac CTS-V Wagon is a limited production offering for connoisseurs who are interested in the unique combination of V-Series performance with wagon style and capability," said Don Butler, vice president, Cadillac marketing.
The CTS-V wagon reaches 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds and can be equipped with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Recaro heated and ventilated seats are a $3,400 option and 19-inch polished aluminum wheels will cost an additional $800.
Cadillac is now taking orders...
VW has already upgraded the Golf, Jetta and soon the Passat, so it was only natural that the EOS be next in line. VW has released photos of the new EOS which gets a facelift that is close in design to other new VW models. The more exciting news is that the EOS will now be available with the 2.0L turbocharged engine from the Golf GTI. The engine can be mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG transmission.
For now VW has only released details on the Eos that will be sold outside of the US, expect an official press release for the US version soon...
A well equipped Cooper S Countryman with all-wheel-drive will be come in below $30,000. The starting price is just $550 over that over the Clubman, so it should appeal to Mini lovers that need a little more space.
The Countryman is based on the same platform as the BMW X1. In the US there are two versions, the Cooper Countryman that is powered by a 120-hp 1.6L and the Cooper S Countryman that is powered by the turbocharged 1.6L. Mini claims that the base Countryman will get up to 35 mpg, while the all-wheel-drive Cooper S Countryman will get 31 mpg.
"Live from our 10 Years of Toyota Prius Anniversary Celebration and exclusive to Facebook fans, here's a sneak peek at an upcoming addition to the Prius family of products!"
Its been reported that Toyota is planning on releasing two new variants of the Prius.
After releasing teaser photos and snippets about the new Chrysler 200, Chrysler has officially released the first photos of the 2011 Chrysler 200. Although the Chrysler has officially ditched the old Sebring name, it's obvious that some of the styling elements are still intact from the much hated sedan. The 200 does benefit from revised front and rear fascias that draw inspiration from the 200C concept that was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in 2009.
Under the hood of the 200, buyers can choose between the 2.4L four-cylinder that can be mated to either a four-speed or six-speed automatic and the 3.6L Pentastar V6 that is mated to a six-speed automatic. Chrysler has yet to release the official engine stats.
Inside Chrysler promises quality materials in an upgraded interior. A new instrument panel, upgraded seats and new heating and cooling outlets are expected to improve the feel and design of the interior.
The 2011 Chrysler 200 will hit dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2010.
As Chevy and Ford unveiled their new compact sedans we've all been eagerly awaiting the unveiling of the new Honda Civic, which is slated to be released sometime next year. Well here is another spy shot of the new Civic.
While the 2006 Civic was a dramatic departure from the generation before it, the 2012 Civic is going to be more of an extensive refresh of the current model. Car Middle East has posted the latest spy shots of the new Civic without of any camouflage. The rear and front fascias have been revised with new headlights, grille and taillights. Although the front and rear of the Civic are new the overall profile of the Civic remains largely unchanged, which may come as a disappointment to some. The interior doesn't look much different with a similar two-tier dash board.
Overall the new Civic is not as daring as the current generation was when it came on the market. Hopefully Honda has some excitement planned for under the hood since this overall design is a little bland...
Head over to Car Middle East to see more pics and check out the video after the jump.
The 2011 BMW X3 is going to be offered in two trims, the 240-hp xDrive28i and the 300-hp xDrive35i. Both models feature an eight-speed automatic transmission and come standard with all-wheel-drive.
BMW claims that the new X3 is faster, more efficient and refined than the outgoing model.
The X3 xDrive28i starts approximately $2k below the 2010 model and comes with more standard equipment including Bluetooth and an iPod/USB interface. The X3 xDrive35i starts at $41,925.
This photo was taken from a photo shoot for an accessories catalog (those wheels aren't stock). The guys over at Autobild were able to do a little photoshop to remove the cameraman and shadows (pic after the jump).
The Toyota Yaris is getting a little old now and facing much stiffer competition than it did back in 2006. Toyota is reportedly working on a new version that is expected to debut in concept form at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show in January. But of course that doesn't mean that we could get a sneak peak now. French site Turbo.fr has posted some scanned shots of what appears to be the next-generation 2012 Yaris.
The scanned images show a new Vitz, which is what the Yaris is called in Europe and Japan.
BMW has confirmed that the 1 Series M Coupe will be powered by a 340-hp twin-turbo 3.0L inline-six mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Pricing is supposed to come in between the current 135i and the M3, which should be around $45k.
The official photos and details of the 1 Series M Coupe will be released in mid-December and you'll start seeing it in dealerships in early summer 2011.
BMW is reportedly working on another smaller SUV that will be based off the new X3, but will have styling similar to the larger X6. The BMW X4 will basically be a smaller version of the successful X6 when it arrives in 2014. According to insiders who have seen the design proposals the X4 will feature a coupe-style roofline and angled tailgate much like its larger sibling.
If the X4 is given the green light it will share its platform and engines with the X3.
Apparently every luxury automaker wants a piece of the four-door coupe market. Aston Martin, Porsche, BMW and even Audi all already have one or one is in the works, so it's only natural that Bentley release one too. According to the latest reports Bentley is working on an entry-level four-door coupe that will be pitched against the Aston Martin Rapide and Porsche Panamera, but will be more expensive than the Mercedes CLS and upcoming four-door BMW 6 Series.
The four-door coupe take styling cues from the Continental GT and be smaller inside than the Flying Spur and Mulsanne. It will share its platform with the new Audi A7 Sportback and the next Audi A6. A 4.0L turbocharged V8 will power the coupe, which will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive.
The all-new Ford Ranger has been unveiled at in Sydney at the Australian International Motor Show.
"We know trucks so we leveraged our best expertise from around the globe to create the all-new Ford Ranger," said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. "Focusing our global resources on a single new compact pickup truck platform meant we could deliver significant improvements, technologies and features that owners will value, along with impressive fuel economy that alone will be a reason to buy."
The new Ranger will be offered in three different cab body styles, 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains, two ride heights and up to five series choices, depending on the market.
For 2011 the F-150's standard engine is the new 3.7L V6 that puts out 302-hp and 278 lb-ft. of torque. The good news is that the 4x2 version gets a best-in-class 23 mpg on the highway. Moving up to the 5.0L V8 will get you 360-hp and also a best-in-class 21 mpg on the highway.
"The all-new engine lineup for the 2011 Ford F-150 is focused on delivering what matters most to truck customers - best-in-class power, capability, durability and fuel economy," said Barb Samardzich, vice president of Powertrain Engineering. "Each engine offers an unequaled combination of these attributes."
Ford has yet to release the fuel economy stats for the 365-hp 3.5L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6.
The F Sport version of the CT 200h gets a unique suspension, a revised body kit, and new alloy wheels. Inside there is an F Sport steering wheel, sports pedals and privacy glass. An optional Flame Blue exterior color is also optional on the CT 200h F Sport.
Now that Saab is no longer one-foot in the grave, the new models that were being worked on when the company was still under GM control, are being released. First it was the Saab 9-5 and now the long-awaited 9-4X has finally been unveiled.
The 2012 9-4X bears resemblance to the Aero X concept, but it is still based on the same platform as the Cadilac SRX. The base engine is a 265-hp 3.0L V6, while the top engine is a 300-hp turbocharged 2.8L V6. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
"The 9-4X significantly broadens the appeal of the Saab brand," says Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson, "It gives us entry to the fast-growing crossover segment with a vehicle that reflects our brand values in key areas, such as progressive Scandinavian design and sporty, responsible driving performance. The 9-4X is an exciting package and we're confident it will appeal to many existing Saab owners, as well as win new customers for the brand."
The 2012 9-4X goes on sale in May of 2011.
Under the hood the engine now gets more boost from the turbocharger and a revised ECU, which increases the final output to 523-hp and 451 lb-ft. of torque up from 485-hp and 434 lb-ft of torque. In addition to the modifications under the hood, Nissan also revised the suspension and restyled the exterior to improve the aerodynamics, which results in 10% more downforce while the coefficient of drag is further reduced from 0.27 to 0.26.
The 2011 Nissan GT-R will be available after February 2011.
The Equus is powered by the 385-hp 4.6L Tau V8 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
"We're confident that smart luxury buyers will discover that Equus competes well with similar flagship products from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and Lexus," said John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America president and CEO. "But the traditional luxury brands simply can't compete with the unique retail and ownership experience we'll be providing for the Equus owner, including "Your Time, Your Place," the industry's first at-home vehicle demonstration program; the "At Your Service" program, which provides complimentary valet at-home pickup and no-charge maintenance for five years or 60,000 miles; and the industry's first iPad-based interactive owner's manual."
For $64,500 you will get 50/50 split rear seats (four-passenger seating) with reclining function, First-Class passenger-side rear seat with leg support and a massage system, cooled rear seats, a rear-seat entertainment system with an eight-inch monitor and a thermoelectric rear center console refrigerator.
The Equus will begin hitting dealerships in December.
The 2.0 DI Ti-VCT engine puts out 160-hp and 146 lb-ft. of torque, which is up from 140-hp and 136 lb-ft in the 2011 Focus. Ford claims that the new engine is "one of the most powerful, fuel-efficient and refined engines in its class and one of the most advanced non-turbocharged four-cylinder powerplants Ford has ever offered."
The new engine is also expected to get an estimated 40 mpg on the highway with the automatic transmission and is also able to run on E85.
The 2012 Ford Focus has a starting price of $16,270.
Chrysler is making a huge effort to finally update its vehicles for the 2011 MY. Chrysler has already unveiled the updates to the Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango, Chrysler 200 and Town and Country minivan, in addition to the Jeep Wrangler. Next up is the Dodge Journey. The 2011 Dodge Journey benefits from a new, much better looking interior and a new V6 engine under the hood.
For 2011 the V6 Dodge Journey is now powered by the new Pentastar V6, which puts out 283-hp and 260 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. V6 models also get a more aggressive lower fascia, 19-inch wheels and LED taillights.
The 2011 Dodge Journey will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2010.
As the new base engine in the 2011 Challenger, the 3.7L Pentastar V6 puts out 305 horsepower and 268 lb-ft. of torque. That compares to 305-hp in the Mustang and 312-hp in the Camaro. Chrysler hasn't released the official mpg and performance numbers, so we'll have to wait to see how the Challenger stacks up against the other two.
By this time next year Hyundai si slated to build about 80% of the vehicles it sells in the US, in the US. By building 80% of its vehicles in the US, Hyundai will likely end up building a higher percentage of its vehicles in the US than even Detroit's automakers.
Hyundai Motor America chief John Krafcik told CNNMoney "I'm going to build my three best selling cars in the U.S. Ford builds its best selling car in Mexico." Currently the Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe are built in Alabama and later this year Hyundai plans on moving production of its third best-selling model, the Elantra to the same plant.
According to Autocar Chevy is hard at work on a new crossover that will be based on the new Chevy Aveo. Details are scarce, but the crossover is being developed by GM Dat in Korea. The crossover will use a stretched version of the Aveo platform and will be offered in both all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive versions.
GM Dat design director Taewon Kim confirmed that the crossover will have the same family look as the new generation Chevy models. The small crossover is expected to debut sometime in 2012.
Subaru has released the official details for the 2011 Forester. The 2011 Forester 2.5X models get an all-new 2.5L engine that is slightly larger than the old engine. It puts out the same 170-hp, but at a lower rpm. Torque is up to 174 lb-ft. from 170 and fuel economy numbers have improved slightly. The turbocharged 2.5XT models keep the same engine as the 2010 model.
Subaru has made some other changes like new packages and adding standard Bluetooth to all of the models except the base model.
The commercial shows a TSX sedan drifting through a corner and thanks to some interesting CGI the sedan gets disassembled coming out of the corner and re-assembled as the wagon.
Check out the video after the jump.
For 2011 the Avenger gets a new interior, slightly revised exterior, revised suspension and improved engines. First up is the interior, which like the rest of the new 2011 Chrysler models, is totally revamped. It features an all-new instrument panel, bezels, gauge faces and a new steering wheel. The seats have been upgraded with more cushion material and 45 new or upgraded sound-deadening treatments give the Avenger one of the quietest cabins in its class.
On the outside the Avenger gets a new fascia with the "split crosshair" grille and a revised lower fascia. LED taillights complete the changes to the exterior. Overall the Avenger does not get as much changes to the exterior as the Chrysler 200.
Under the hood, the base 2.4L engine has been recalibrated and is now available with a six-speed automatic transmission. The new Pentastar V6 is also available and puts out 283-hp and 260 lb-ft. of torque.
Dodge engineers also revised the Avenger's suspension by retuning or redesigning almost every part of the suspension. The track is now an inch wider and the Avenger sits 12 millimeters lower in the front and 6 millimeters in the rear.
The 2011 Dodge Avenger will hit dealers later this year.
Earlier this morning Chrysler unveiled the changes to the 2011 Dodge Avenger and now we have our first look at the new 2011 Grand Caravan.
For 2011 the Dodge Grand Caravan gets the new Pentastar 3.6L V6 with 283-hp and a revised suspension. The 3.6L V6 replaces all three of the previous V6 engines available on the 2010 model. In addition to the changes under the hood, the new Grand Caravan gets a new front fascia with a new hood and headlights. The rear fascia has been revised and now has LED taillights.
Just like most of the 2011 Dodge lineup, The Grand Caravan now has a new, much better looking interior.
The 2011 Grand Caravan will be available later this year.
Just in case you don't know what Foursquare is...its a new social networking app on smartphones that allows people to check into their favorite venues and let their friends know where they are. By using Foursquare you can discover new hot spots, get mayor badges. and let your friends know how exciting your life is.
So back to the contest, which is titled the Mazda2 Inner Driver Challenge.
Here's how you can win:
1. Follow Mazda on foursquare
2. Check-in at relevant locations to unlock any 2 of the following 3 badges: MAZDA2 Beat Junkie (concerts and music spots), MAZDA2 Style Guru (nightlife haunts, boutiques and fashion events) and MAZDA2 Button Masher (gaming competitions and retailers)
3. Once step 2 is complete you will automatically unlock the special MAZDA2 Inner Driver badge and learn the next, important step to easily qualify to win a brand new MAZDA2
The only downside is that the contest is only available to people that live in these cities: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Washington/DC, Portland.
The 2011 Cayenne S Hybrid starts at $67,700 and gets an estimated 21 mpg city and 25 mpg highway (the base Cayenne gets 15/22 or 16/23). The hybrid system features a 333-hp supercharged 3.0L V6 mated to a 47-hp electric motor. The Cayenne hybrid can be driven either by the electric motor or the gas engine alone, or with both drive units together. According to Porsche the Cayenne hybrid can reach 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds and has a top speed of 150 mph.